Carolina Motorsports Park is a rather recent addition to the roster of great road courses around the country. The 14-turn, 2.3 mile road course opened in July of 1999. The site was an old WW II fighter-training base located about four miles south of Kershaw, South Carolina and about an hour drive south of Charlotte International Airport.
With a focus on continuing improvement, the track underwent renovations in 2008, adding new alternative turn configurations, added a 200-ft x 50-ft wet/dry skid pad and repaved most of the track’s corners, providing for increased speeds, reduced tire wear and better grip.
As the fourth stage in the One Lap of America event, participants would get two shots at demonstrating their road course prowess. The challenge was not lost on Billy Johnson, who was running a ROUSH RS3 Mustang. Johnson placed first in class for both runs, as well as second and third overall.
While the ROUSH RS3 Mustangs used were built for the One Lap of America competition, no special equipment was added beyond that normally available from ROUSH Performance. The One Lap event places a high emphasis on both reliability and performance.
Johnson, who lives in San Clemente, California, is a co-driver in the Grand Am’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series with Jack Roush Jr.
On track video from the event has been assembled for you to see, including multi-camera views. If you’ve never been to Carolina Motorsports Park before, this looks like a great track. What do you think?